Minnesota State Academy for the Blind

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Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
Location
Faribault, Minnesota
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Type Public
Established 1866
Color(s) Maroon and Gold
        
Website
Minnesota Academy for the Blind main entrance on State Highway 298

Minnesota State Academy for the Blind (MSAB) (formerly known as the Braille and Sight Saving School) is a public school in Faribault, Minnesota. Its mission is the education and life education of blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind learners from birth to age 21. The school has a residential program and provides 24-hour programming including Braille, independent travel, assistive technologies, and individualized educational services. Students often have multiple disabilities and come from all regions of the state.

The Minnesota Legislature established it in 1866, together with the nearby Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, which was established three years earlier (1863).

Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library

The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library is an extension of the Academy for the Blind. It serves people of all ages everywhere in Minnesota with a collection of hundreds of thousands of items. It is funded by the state and federal governments.

Blind Department Building and Dow Hall at the State Academy for the Blind are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other facilities include Lysen Hall.

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Coordinates: 44°17′12″N 93°15′37″W / 44.2866304°N 93.2602154°W / 44.2866304; -93.2602154[1]

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